An angry elephant went on a rampage in an Indian village Monday night, smashing houses into bits along the way.
But all it took was a crying baby to stop the large mammal dead in its tracks.
Dipak Mahato and his wife Lalita were having dinner in their house when they heard a crashing noise from their bedroom.
“We ran over and were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby,” Mahato told the Times of India. “She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot.”
The elephant, which has killed three people in the past, heard their 10-month-old child crying under the rubble, turned back and removed debris that had fallen on the baby before returning to the forest.
“The tusker started moving away but when our child started crying again, it returned and used its trunk to remove the debris,” Lalita said. “I can’t believe that the tusker saved my daughter after breaking down the door and smashing a wall.”
The baby was taken to the hospital where she was treated for external injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to forest officials, the same elephant has damaged at least 17 houses in the district’s villages.